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Furkan Korkmaz #30 of the Philadelphia 76ers celebrates in the game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on January 31, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Furkan Korkmaz has never lacked self-belief. One of the early memorable things he did as a Philadelphia 76er, after averaging 1.6 points a game in 14 games his rookie season, was ask the team to trade him. I guess you could say the request was denied, though that implies it was ever acknowledged. A rare good-vibed Sixers story of the last few seasons has been his evolution into actual rotation guy. And as his pretty charming new Instagram post today indicates, he is still feeling great about himself and ready to begin the season.

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